The OWSD Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Young Women

Deadline: July 31, 2013

Applications are invited from young female students from Sub-Saharan Africa or Least Developed Countries (LDCs) who wish to pursue postgraduate research in a field of the natural sciences, leading to a doctorate degree at a Centre of Excellence in the South outside their own country. The Postgraduate Training Fellowship provided by the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is offered to carry out postgraduate research in the natural, engineering and information technology sciences.

Eligibility and Criteria for Selection

Please read the following information carefully before applying.

  • Only qualified young women science graduates (generally below 40 years of age) from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or LDCs.women can apply.
  • The minimum qualification of applicants is an MSc degree (or equivalent), or an outstanding BSc honours degree, in the natural sciences, engineering or information technology disciplines.
  • Host institutions must be located in a developing country.
  • Applicants already on site in the host country will not be considered eligible.
  • Applications that are incomplete or illegible cannot be considered. Please make sure all the requested enclosures are submitted together with your application.
  • The applicant must be willing to return to her own country after completion of the fellowship.


Each fellowship will be offered for up to three years and will cover the following:

  • Travel expenses to and from the host institute;
  • A monthly allowance to cover accommodation and meals while in the host country, the amount of which will be determined in consultation with the host institution;
  • Refund of visa costs;
  • A contribution for medical insurance.


Applicants from Least Developed countries are particularly encouraged to apply.

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